No. 17 ranked Navy Midshipmen were able to knock off the No. 15 ranked Princeton Tigers at home Saturday night as they won 13-10. Navy's offense was hot in the first half, with scoring being led by Paul Pedrotty who was able to score two goals in a 34 second span in the first quarter.
After the first quarter, Navy led 4-2 and then extended their lead to 8-3 at the half. Pedrotty scored the first and last goals in the second quarter, and at the half he scored four of Navy's eight goals. The Navy offense was in full attack mode in the second quarter as they scored the first fout goals before letting Princeton on the board.
In the second half, Princeton made a run and one change that made a difference was swapping out starting goalie Ben Dearborn was replaced by Alex Gow. That sparked the team, and the offense responded by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter to make it a 8-5 game with 5:36 left in the third.
However, Navy responded with two more goals from Pedrotty and then one other near the end of the quarter by Cort Jones. Heading into the final quarter Navy lead 11-6.
Princeton crawled back in the fourth quarter as they scored the first two goals of quarter, to make it a three-goal game. Navy would respond with a goal by Patt Seipp made it 12-8 with 4:32 to play. Once again, Princeton scored two more goals with just over a minute to play. Their comeback would come up short as Navy added on more goal to put Navy up for good to win 13-10.
This weekend was great for Navy as earlier on Saturday they defeated Bucknell 11-6, and head coach Mike Schofield was happy with his team's performance:
"I'm proud of our team. Last year, we played these same two teams at home and went 0-2," said Schofield. "So, it was a much better result today. We still have a lot of room for improvement, but we came to play today."